Cougar Connection

Conn-West Elementary Newsletter - November 20th

Next Tuesday, 11/24 will be a "B" Day

In an effort to provide more equity between our "A" and "B" hybrid students next Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 will be a "B" day.


Also, school will not be in session November 25th, 26th, and 27th due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

School Will Not Be In Session Due to Thanksgiving Break

School will not be in session November 25th - November 27th due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Students return to school on Monday, November 30th.

Dental Care at Conn-West

Looking for an easy way to keep kids up-to-date on dental visits? Cass County Dental Clinic will provide preventive dental services right here at Conn-West using teledentistry!

A registered dental hygienist will provide assessments, x-rays, cleanings, sealants & fluoride at school. A dentist will later review your child’s chart to diagnose any cavities or conditions that need follow-up care. Cass County Dental Clinic will contact you with the results and help arrange follow-up care at one of their clinics.

SIGN-UP NOW! English: https://bit.ly/317yHdA Spanish: https://bit.ly/2SVSrfz

Picture Day for In Person and Virtual Students

In person students will have have picture day at Conn-West on December 15th and December 17th. More information will go out to families soon.



Picture day for virtual students will be held on December 9th from 10:30 am until 3:30 pm. in the CAIR gym. The CAIR gym is located at 1001 Main Street. Please sign up for a time slot by clicking here.


Masked student will enter on the 10th Street side take their picture in the gym and exit on the Main street side. Only the masked student will be allowed to enter the building.


Please make sure to make an appointment, NO WALK-INS WILL BE ALLOWED. Please arrive five minutes before your appointment time.

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The Winter Weather Is Here

Please see the following outdoor recommendations for cold weather that we will follow:


Between 50-30 degrees Fahrenheit

Regularly scheduled outdoor play times


Between 29-20 degrees Fahrenheit

15-20 minutes maximum outdoor play times


Between 19 degrees Fahrenheit and below

No outdoor play time


We ask children to have winter outerwear such as a winter coat, hat, and gloves each day during the winter season.

Please Label Your Child’s Outerwear

Please put a name somewhere on your child’s coats, jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts. We donate hundreds of items of clothing and accessories at the end of every year because we cannot identify their owners and they aren’t claimed. Thank you for your help! With a name inside, your child’s clothing is never really lost.

Breakfast in the Classroom

Conn-West is now part of an exciting program called Breakfast in the Classrooms. This program will give your child the opportunity to eat a well-balanced nutritious, complimentary breakfast everyday in their classroom. Complimentary breakfast means that the breakfast is provided at no charge to all students in the school. Breakfast will be delivered to each classroom at the beginning of each school day. Breakfast is served in the classrooms from 8:40 am until 9:00 am. If your child is a car rider and you would like for them to eat at school, please have them at school before 9:00 am. By having breakfast in the classroom instead of the cafeteria, we will have happier kids and a morning that starts them off in a calm atmosphere in their own classroom with their friends. Other benefits of breakfast in the classroom are improved academic performance, fewer trips to the nurse with stomachaches, reduced absenteeism/tardiness, and improved nutrition.

Grandview School District is Hiring Bus Drivers

The Grandview School District is hiring bus drivers. Please visit https://grandview.tedk12.com/hire/Index.aspx for more information.

Please join our School and Grade Level Facebook groups.

Covid-19 Dashboard

The COVID-19 dashboard provides updates on the total number of confirmed cases for the week as well as the total number of people quarantined due to exposure for the week.
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Joke of the Day

Click here to submit a Joke of the Day to be read on our daily announcements.

Parent-Teacher Communication

Communication between parents and teachers is vital for our student’s success. Parents are encouraged to contact teachers with questions, concerns, or to share information

about your child. Please understand that teachers may not be available to speak with parents during instructional time, but will make every effort to return calls during their planning time

or after school. Teachers can be reached by phone or email. Please do not hesitate to call or email the teacher or the school office if you have questions regarding your child’s

education.

School Day Hours

The school day begins at 9:05 am and ends at 3:55 pm. Students

may enter the building at 8:40 am. Please do not drop your child off

before 8:40 am unless they are enrolled in LINC. Breakfast will be served in the classroom from 8:40 am until 9:00 am.

Transportation and After School Changes

If your child’s mode of transportation or after school routine is going

to change for the day, please notify the main office

@ (816) 316- 5225 prior to 3:00 pm to ensure that your child arrives

at the appropriate destination.

New Student ID

At device distribution, your student received an ID card. This card will serve as their library check out card, lunch/breakfast account card, bus ID card, school ID, etc. This one card will serve multiple purposes. Please be sure to keep it in a safe place. Once we return to school, students will need to bring their id card to school every day.

Here Comes the Bus App

We are excited to launch the Here Comes the Bus App provided by the Grandview C-4 Transportation Department. The Here Comes the Bus App will allow you to track your child’s bus in real-time and receive push notifications, set up alerts to notify you when your child scans on and off the bus. You can use the app on your smartphone device or on your computer by visiting herecomesthebus.com. You and your student will need to sign up by following the instructions below.


How to Sign up:


  • Download Here Comes Comes the Bus app or visit herecomesthebus.com

  • Click the “Sign Up” button

  • Enter school code 29438 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”

  • Complete the “User Profile” box

  • Under “My Students,” click “Add.” Enter your child’s last name and student ID number (located in Parent Portal)

  • Once you confirm your information, you’re ready to begin.


How Students Sign up


  • Download Here Comes Comes the Bus app or visit herecomesthebus.com

  • Click the “Sign Up” button

  • Enter school code 29438 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”

  • Complete the “User Profile” box

  • Under “My Students,” click “Add.” Enter student’s last name and student ID number (located in Parent Portal)

  • Once you confirm your information, you’re ready to begin.



For more information or for FAQ’s you can visit herecomesthebus.com. You can also email hctb@grandviewc4.net with any questions.

PTA Information

The Conn-West PTA is a group of parents and school staff that work together to plan exciting programs for the school and encourage parent participation in school activities. Click here for more information.


Click here to join PTA.

Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program is currently available for students through New Directions Behavioral Health. The program can provide free services to students and families including up to three face-to-face short term counseling sessions, on-site crisis management, 24-hour toll-free phone assistance, and a health resource library.


This is available to our families via referral by school counselors or by you calling the New Directions Help Line at 1-855-340-6487. All students and/or guardians can access the Help Line at any time, as it is open 24 hours each day, every day of the year. Students 18 and older can schedule counseling appointments on their own.

For more information, you may visit ndbh.com. Select ‘For Individual Families.’ Then select ‘Student Assistance Program.’ The school code for our district is: GrandviewSAP.

Additional information on New Directions’ Student Assistance Program is attached. If you have any further questions we encourage you to reach out to your school's counseling office.

We are truly excited to offer this resource to our families.